In 1999, Agnes Paquest decided to take over 3 hectares of family vineyards in Auxey-Duresses. More specifically, the vineyards are in the hamlet of Melin, next to the chateau on the seldom-trafficked road between Meursault and Saint-Aubin. Her family had been renting the vines, and when they decided to sell, she decided it was important to keep that patrimoine, so she renovated an old stone barn next to her home into a winery and began her second career as a vigneron. Hidden just up the road from Meursault, Auxey-Duresses remains a relatively unknown appellation, producing fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir typical of Burgundy. When you pass through, be sure to stop at the small church which is one of the prettiest in the area. About half of the domaine is split between Auxey-Duresses red and white. The remainder is composed of other vineyards she has acquired over the last decade: small parcels in Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Saint-Aubin, plus some larger and very scenic plots of Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Haute-Côte near the winery in Meloisey.
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Saint Aubin 1er Cru 'Les Perrières'
Chardonnay, Limestone. Manual harvesting, grapes are sorted by the pickers as they work and then on the truck equipped with a sorting table. Pressing of whole bunches.
Malolactic and alcoholic fermentation in casks (30% new) then aging takes place over 12 months in casks followed by 4 months in vats. This wine has not been filtered; light sediment may form in the shoulder of the bottle.
Chassagne-Montrachet 'Les Battaudes'
Chardonnay, Clay-limestone. Manual harvesting, grapes are sorted on the vine. The whole harvest is pressed and alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place in casks.
This vintage was not mixed.
Aged for 12 months with 30% new casks and then 4 months in vats. Bottled unfiltered, light sediment may form in the wine.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir
A picnic wine, par excellence - straight-up Pinot Noir from Agnes' vines in the Haute-Cote with a view over Meursault. Agnès made the excellent, and unfortunately rare decision in Burgundy to age her Bourgogne Rouge only in tank, which makes for a delicious Pinot that is ready to drink right away.
Auxey-Duresses Pinot Noir
Clay-limestone. Manual harvesting, grapes are sorted on the vine and then on the truck equipped with a sorting table. 100% destemming. 16 days fermentation preceded by 5 days of maceration at 12°c/14°c to extract the colour and fruit.100% in vats (aging takes place over 10 months, no new casks). The idea is to create a crisp fruity wine that is delicious to drink when young.This wine was not filtered; light sediment may form in the shoulder of the bottle.This wine comes from a plot located in the village of Meloisey.
Pommard Les Combes
Clay-limestone, predominantly clay. On a parcel located on the border of the Volnay appellation, this Pommard benefits from the smoothness of the Volnay "terroir" at the same time as having the restrained strength of a Pommard. We lost 95% of the harvest. As a result, we had a tiny yield, representing only a single barel. So we destemmed 100% of the crop and undertook a relatively short fermentation in vats, without cold pre-fermentation. Our one and only cask was a new cask. Consequently I decided to produce only magnums and not to make them available for sale. We will open them in few years' time, here in Meloisey...